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The Story of El Tiempo Cantina Fajitas Mama Ninfa

Pictured from left to right: Blanca Laurenzo, Ninfa Laurenzo and Phyllis Laurenzo Mandola

Fajitas as we know them, were introduced to the United States by a widowed mother of five children on Navigation Blvd in Houston, TX, in 1973.

Her name was Ninfa Laurenzo, lovingly known to Houstonians as Mama Ninfa.

Back then, along with the help of her kids, she opened up a 5 table restaurant where the family’s tortilla factory used to be.

Eventually after a rocky start, Ninfa’s restaurants grew and enjoyed an enormous success before sadly going bankrupt in the late 1990’s.

Having lost it all, Roland Laurenzo and his sons had an opportunity to do it all over again, and opened up the first El Tiempo Cantina on Richmond avenue back in 1998.

Today, the family continues to serve Houston with great food and drinks as they learned to do from their beloved Mama Ninfa.

The Quality Food

At El Tiempo Cantina, we make everything from scratch.

From the tortillas to the salad dressings, the salsas to the desserts, we cook all of our food using generations old family recipes.

Our attention to quality and exceptional friendliness is our driving force.

The Famous Deluxe Mixed Grill Parillada

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